Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (101, 441, 442, 449, 471)

Brian Stanley

Question:

101. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the long overdue new scheme for tenant purchase of local authority housing will be put in place; and if he will commit to a deadline of at least before the summer recess. [5031/14]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

441. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding a new scheme to allow persons to purchase their homes. [4959/14]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

442. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the next tenant purchase scheme will be launched. [4961/14]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

449. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when a new scheme will be introduced to allow local authority tenants to purchase their houses; if he will provide details of the expected scheme and the way it will operate; the timescale for its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5081/14]

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Noel Grealish

Question:

471. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the current status of proposed legislation to allow the sale of local authority houses to current tenants on an incremental purchase scheme, which is to replace the 1995 tenant purchase scheme which expired in 2012; when he expects this legislation to come before the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5419/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 101, 441, 442, 449 and 471 together.

The Government, on 17 December 2013, approved priority drafting of a Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill that will, among other things, underpin a new tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses along incremental purchase lines.  I expect that the Bill will be enacted this year, following which I will prescribe in regulations the commencement date and the detailed terms of the scheme.